See Staple's Letter To Employees, Threatening To Fire Them Over Ins.

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See Staple's Letter To Employees, Threatening To Fire Them Over Ins.

 news 2015-02-12 at 12:04:27 pm Views: 377
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    See Staple's Letter To Employees, Threatening To Fire Them Over health Insurance
    Staples Threatens To Fire Staff For Working More Than 25 Hours A Week

    By Sapna Maheshwari

    In 2015, an Affordable Care Act provision requiring large employers to offer health insurance to staff working more than 30 hours a week kicked into effect. Now, some part-time staff at Staples say management has become extra vigilant about limiting their hours.


    Last year Alice*, 19, typically clocked anywhere from 25 hours to 40 hours a week at the Staples store where she works as a part-time staffer. The hours were great, she says, because she loves her co-workers and uses the job to help support her family.

    She started working at Staples around the same time the office-supply chain was making headlines by forbidding its part-time employees from working more than 25 hours a week. The rules, rolled out in the lead-up to the Affordable Care Act, were seen by many staff members as an effort by the company to avoid paying benefits to “full-time” employees — classified under the law as anyone working more than 30 hours a week.

    But for most of 2014, the rules didn’t really affect Alice or her colleagues, who regularly exceeded the threshold and were still considered part-time. That all changed this year, though, as the employer mandate kicked in; if Staples doesn’t pay benefits for people working more than 30 hours a week, it could face up to $3,000 in penalties per person.

    Now, Alice is working far fewer hours — and if she clocks above 25, she may be fired.